Faculty and Staff Postings

Graduate Academic Assistant – Advising Researcher

Advising managers and directors at UBC Vancouver campus have embarked a project to map and review our Academic Concession practices, with the goal of aligning processes where feasible.  We are working together to map our current practices and wish to hire a graduate student to conduct research external to our group as follows:

  • Complete a blueprinting project, summarizing the current policies and processes faculties have around academic concessions (e.g., late withdrawals, deferred exams, and in-term requests for deadline extensions or accommodation for missed tests). Included is a summary of documentation requirements (if any) for academic concessions, by faculty
  • Gather input from constituent groups at UBC, including students, the AMS, academic advisors, faculty, ESPs, the Early Alert team and representatives of Access & Diversity, Counselling Services, and Student Health Services, on their experience with academic concession requests
  • Conduct an environmental scan to determine how other similar institutions in Canada are handling academic concession and review the literature to identify any other models not currently practised in Canada
  • Engage the associate deans and advising directors in discussion of the intention of Academic Concession as an educational practice – in short, how both student wellness and educational goals are supported and met through academic concession. This discussion will drive and shape both policy and practice around the implementation of the Academic Concession policy.
  • Drawing from all of the above, identify trends, propose best practices, and assess the challenges of implementing them at UBC.
  • Develop resources to support students considering asking for an academic concession – so they can better understand the impact on their transcript and degree; when should they consider deferring an exam and when should they not, including peer stories
  • Make recommendations as appropriate on application of policy to the Advising Directors and the Advising Steering Committee and on policy to the Senate Academic Policy Committee 

We have a budget for 125 hours over approximately 12-15 weeks with an end date of approximately August 2017.  Therefore we anticipate the student will work part time, about 10 hours per week.


We are looking for a candidate who:

  • Has a completed bachelor’s degree, and is currently in graduate studies at UBC, ideally in the Faculty of Education.
  • Is knowledgeable about UBC’s current academic concession policies and procedures.
  • Is a clear and diplomatic communicator who is confident interviewing and meeting with senior members of the organization
  • Has excellent research and writing skills
  • Is both detail-oriented in terms of accuracy, and able to see the big picture in order to ensure a comprehensive approach
  • Is independent, organized and proactive to ensure project goals and objectives are being met

The student worker will report to the Director, Student Academic Services in the Faculty of Land & Food Systems, and to the Associate Dean, Students, in the Faculty of Science.
To Apply
Submit a resume and a short (one-page) description of research interests and experience, and contact information for at least two references by e-mail to: nahm@science.ubc.ca. The deadline for application is May 1, 2017.

Research Associate Position in Genetic Analysis of Cryptococcus Neoformans

A Research Associate position is available in the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC. A Ph.D. in Microbiology or a related field is required along with at least four years of postdoctoral experience. A record of publication and experience in host-pathogen interactions is also required.  Knowledge and experience in the genetic manipulation, transformation, insertional mutagenesis, and phenotypic analysis of Cryptococcus neoformans are essential. 

Applications should include a cover letter, a CV and the contact information for three referees by email to hr@msl.ubc.ca. Please include “Genetic Analysis of Cryptococcus Neoformans Search” in the email subject line; incorrectly addressed applications will not be considered.

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The deadline for applications is May 7,  2017 and the expected start date is September 1, 2017.

Materials should be sent by email to:

Genetic Analysis of Cryptococcus Neoformans Search
Dr. J.W. Kronstad
Michael Smith Laboratories
University of British Columbia
2185 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4
Email: hr@msl.ubc.ca

MDS Instructor 1 Position

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver invites applications for a tenure-track instructor-1 position, in the Department of Statistics. The position has a primary focus on contributing to the delivery and further development of the Master of Data Science (MDS) program, while also involving contributions to other departmental programs. The MDS program is a collaborative effort of the Department of Computer Science, the Department of Statistics and the Faculty of Science.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach within both the MDS program and other departmental programs. He/she will also actively participate in department activities, service, events and initiatives. Applicants should hold a PhD in Statistics or a related area and have a strong background in Data Science.

The position is subject to final budgetary approval. The anticipated starting date is January 1, 2018, or possibly earlier. Applicants should send a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of vision for data science education, and a statement of teaching and training philosophy, to Smith@science.ubc.ca by April 19, 2017. Applicants must also arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent directly to the same address by this date.

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Research Associate in Synthetic Carbohydrate Chemistry

A position is available for highly motivated and skilled Research Associate (RA, post-Ph.D.) to take a leading role in a project on the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives for therapeutic and diagnostic applications. The position will be held within the Michael Smith Laboratories (MSL) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), under the supervision of Prof. Harry Brumer.

The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry or a closely related discipline, and at least 6 years of experimental post-doctoral research experience. Correspondingly, excellent theoretical knowledge and practical skills in organic synthesis are required. Candidates with demonstrable experience in pharmaceutical development will be strongly favored. Experience with carbohydrates and carbohydrate-active enzymes is highly advantageous. The project will comprise a close collaboration with student trainees and specialists in biochemistry and microbiology. As such, excellent oral and written English communication skills, the proven ability to work as part of a team, and project leadership capabilities are essential.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications (n.b.: do not include reprints), and contact information for three professional references by email to hr@msl.ubc.ca. Please include “Carbohydrate Chemistry RA search” in the e-mail subject line; incorrectly addressed applications will not be considered. The closing date for applications is 20 April 2017. The position is available immediately. The appointment will initially be for one year with a minimum salary commensurate with the rank of Research Associate (see http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-relations/recruitment/titles-ranks-descript...), plus benefits.

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